What started as an idea nearly four years ago will soon become a reality for Kirk Hayes and his Suzy Q app.
The premise is simple- local businesses upload their coupons to the app and consumers find the coupons, choose which ones they want, and patronize the local stores.
About one year ago, Hayes was hired by the Holliday Family of Companies to start formulating the idea. During that time, it required focus groups, building the app itself, and reaching out to more than 300 local businesses about getting on board with the Suzy Q idea.
“Suzy Q is just to help local businesses get the word out about how great their services and products are,” explains Hayes. “We don’t want people driving to Cheyenne or Denver to shop for things when we have everything right here. Shop local, that’s what it’s all about.”
He says businesses can log on into the platform and detail what their coupon is, and they are in complete charge of their promotions and coupons.
The service is free for businesses, and is a monthly service fee for consumers.
“Suzy Q members pay $7.99 a month to get access to really good coupons. You use one of these coupons in the app, and you’ll save your monthly fee. The potential savings are huge… right now we have about 50 businesses…and they have offered $1,140 worth of area discounts.”
Some of the current businesses and coupons that are queued up for the December 1st launch date include:
- $10 off a $75 purchase at Panhandle Coop
- $215 of the purchase of a Big Green Egg at Paul Reed Construction
- 25% off at Sam & Louie’s Restaurant
Hayes says currently, the Suzy Q app will only be focused on Scotts Bluff County businesses, but if all goes well they have built the infrastructure to expand into other communities in the future.
Interested businesses in getting on the Suzy Q app platform can get signed up online, and locals can start their savings by downloading the app starting this weekend through the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.